Yesterday, with temps in the single digits, a sketchy friend and I decided to move our studios to the warmer climes of the Krohn Conservatory for a bit to draw plant forms and soak up the juicy green-ness and humidity there. As always, this beautiful jewel in the crown of the Queen City did not disappoint. We spent an hour or so drawing in the cactus room with thoughts of our upcoming trip to Taos…
Upon leaving, I commented on the gorgeous citrus trees, heavy with oranges and lemons, wishing out loud that I might be able to try one of them. The ladies in the front office overheard and handed me this Ponderosa Lemon to take home saying it had been laying around for a few days and I was welcome to it! What a lovely gift! We then got to chatting about some beautiful terrariums on display at the conservatory. They gave me some tips on getting my own terrarium to grow more successfully. I have plans to stock up on some charcoal and a new fern or two in the coming days. Meanwhile I have this fabulous lemon to draw…. (Iris is fairly certain this is a large tennis ball destined to be her play thing.)
In other news, my ice box of a studio space is featured today in Terri Windling‘s lovely blog The Drawing Board as part of her “On My Desk” series. A number of bloggers have showcased the work spaces of fellow artist/writer bloggers over the years and it’s a fun way to get a peek into each other’s spaces, if only virtually. Terri is part of a village of artists who live and work in the town of Devon, England. She and another web-fave of mine, Rima Staines embody the notion of Storyteller for me. I feel a tremendous kinship with these artists half a world away. They seem to write about the same concepts that interest and fascinate me… the blessings of an artistic community, the blissful presence of traditional music, the inherent wisdom of dogs. Although their work is quite different from mine, the notions that drive it run along the same veins that seek truth and mystery in the day to day human experience.
Tomorrow this single-digit cold snap is supposed to break and I will again have the wax pots on…. hopefully to pop a few more works up on the new Etsy Site. I will, of course, keep you posted.